"Rock and Roll Man: The Alan Freed Story," getting its world premiere through Oct. 1 at the Bucks County Playhouse, still feels shaggy, but it's entertaining.
The school will do a pilot production for Disney.
Four years ago, St. Joseph's Prep drama teacher Tony Braithwaite (same guy who runs Act II Playhouse in Ambler) took a few students to see Newsies in New York. One said: "There has never been a more St. Joe's Prep play. Ever."
"A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" is about as good as the thing can be done: It's headlong, merry, madcap, and some brilliant ad libs.
An Athol Fugard drama and update on Bertolt Brecht are two highlights tonight.
Picket lines were scheduled in front of the Walnut Street Theatre on Wednesday afternoon, after the theater fired two stageworkers over Labor Day Weekend under circumstances union officials called unfair.
Food and drink are either the topic of shows, are served at the shows, or created at the shows. And there is a whole parallel universe of cocktail-making, beer-drinking, and happy hours.
The immersive dance-theater piece "… strand …" by Brian Sanders' JUNK is performed beneath the Grays Ferry Avenue Bridge. There's some astonishing dancing, humor, physical theater, and a walk in the park at twilight.
George Wendt, who played Norm Peterson on the famed TV show Cheers, soon takes the boards at Bucks County Playhouse as J. Edgar Hoover in Rock and Roll Man: The Alan Freed Story (Sept. 12-Oct. 1). And J. Edgar, that ol' trouper, gets to sing a couple of numbers!
John Timpane is the books/fine arts editor/writer for the Inquirer. His beat includes books, social media, dance, theater, art, museums, and classical music. From 1997 to 2008 he was the Commentary page editor.